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Functions don't work

I have a similar problem that cbaker999 has. Sony support suggested that I reset the camera by taking out the battery, turning the camera on for 1 minute, turning it off, then reinserting ther battery - the camera workied for 1 day, then nothing worked again - no function buttons, playback, AF, or shutter. It would cost a flat fee of $225 to send it in for repair, if it's even repairable, with a 90 day warranty on the repair. My question: would it be worth repairing or is this a common problem wwith the a100? Should I be looking at getting a totally new camera - Canon or Nikkon?

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  • fmclane Jul 16, 2008

    Is this a common problem with the a100?

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With the fee that you mention the better option is to buy a new one.

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  3. Extraxt the downloaded software on CF Card via card reader.
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  3. Switch on take picture.
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  5. Do you custom functions and see if it's working.
  6. If not take bothto a dealer or Canon repair shop.

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